Wednesday, October 14, 2009

TV station frets about anchors feeding own teleprompters

In a bid to save money, WTTG, Channel 5 in Washington, is planning to reassign the technicians who operate the electronic prompters that feed scripted news copy to the anchors while they're on the air. Instead, the station wants its anchors to do the job themselves, using their hands and feet. Some at the station worry that such a roll-your-own system could increase the potential for on-camera blunders.

PLANETGUYS NOTE: It is strange that WTTG does not seem to be aware that for about 15 years some TV operations have had anchors run their autocue, most notably Newsworld International (sold to Al Gore) and New York News 1, a local cable station in New York.

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